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  1. That's really helpful. I wasn't sure if that was truly the case or not so thanks for clearing that up!
  2. I actually thought BCs were as susceptible to Ivermectin reactions as Aussies, with or without being declared MDR1. I've read that regardless of being MDR1, many collie breeds are still prone to reactions. I still hear a lot of "white feet, don't treat". But if this is just an Aussie thing, I'll stop bothering you guys with it haha Ivermectin aside, I will be trying Revolution for h/w, but need to find something that covers deer ticks since it's the only tick we care about in my area and the only one Rev doesn't cover Hesitant about double preventatives though.
  3. We're about to go into our first flea/tick/heart worm season with Indie and our breeder recommended Revolution. Any thoughts? My vet pushes Heartguard but I keep reading conflicting information on Ivermectin and collie breeds so I stayed away. My other options through my vet was Revolution or Trifexis (open to ordering online though). In speaking with my breeder, we felt Revolution was best. My research I've seen suggests that while what was said above is potentially true - with MDR1 positive dogs and the Ivermectin levels in h/w medication being too low to affect them - there have been cases of MDR1 negative dogs not doing well on the Ivermectin, as well as MDR1 positive dogs being unaffected by the drug. I'm not sure being m/m or m/n or even n/n tells the whole story. Thoughts? My only qualm is that Revolution doesn't protect against Deer Ticks which is the main one I'm concerned about (Lyme Disease) - is there one med that can do it all or is it pretty much the norm to have your dog on a combo of two to cover both h/w and deer ticks?
  4. Thanks everyone. He may just be a low keep kinda dog and that is fine with me. As long as our vet sees that he is in good shape and mind/energy, then I'll continue to just do what we're doing.
  5. Definitely not emaciated but could stand to gain a couple pounds. I'd rather dogs on the thin side anyways but think he could put on a couple if I'm being picky haha. I'm not at the point of worry, it's more just about efficiency. But I suspect that as long as it is clear that he gets a limited time to eat, he'll start to hurry up.
  6. So, Indie is proving to be a picky eater. He's 9 months now and was a good eater at first, but since around the 4-5 month mark, it's been a challenge to get food into him. He's fed twice a day (Acana) and will often grab a couple bites before wandering off. As a result, we'd often train him in order to feed his meals since he would eat that way and it was a good way to bond when he was young but we don't always have the time to train and feed each piece of kibble to him in the morning. I'd like him to eat what I put down and efficiently. Upfront, he's been cleared by the vet multiple times - no parasites, worms, nothing. His coat is soft and shiny, and his poops are decent (I'd like them to be firmer, but they aren't worrisome) They are firm when he eats both breakfast and dinner. So, we've started to food rotate (not just as a result of pickiness, but also because I think variety is good for dogs) and be stricter with meal times. He now has 10 minutes to eat his meal. If he doesn't finish or walks away, up goes his bowl. If he finishes, he gets a treat. He's now on Acana Chicken and Potato (before was Duck and Pear). We don't fancy up his kibble other than the occasional fish oil because we don't want to make him pickier. The strict timelines are helping it seems already. I'd like to hear if there is anything else you think we can do, and what you guys do with picky dogs. I'd also like to hear about anyone's experience with rotating foods. Edited to add: We feed one cup in the morning, one cup at night (or at least, we want to, if he eats it haha) I'd like him to put on some weight.
  7. There are a ton of other house breaking threads and nipping threads here if you do a search but real quickly. She will need to go potty A LOT at that age. You will need to take her outside at the following times: - She wakes up - After she eats or drinks - After there is any excitement - After there is play - After a walk - After a nap - Before bed - Every 20 minutes in between (if you want to be efficient and essentially prevent any accidents inside) - If you cannot watch her like a hawk, she is crated in a crate only big enough for her to lie down, stand up and turn around. The more you set her up for success outdoors, the less she goes indoors and the more she connects bathroom with outside. For the first few weeks of bringing Indie home, we set an alarm clock as well for us to get up at 1am and again at 3am. Then it was extended slowly to only one midnight outing, then none. He quickly slept through the night. Hope this helps! I know I didn't provide much detail but that's potty training for me in a nutshell.
  8. Thank you! I do usually try to tell myself that these people were either exaggerating, had jerks of dogs, or didn't ever expect manners from their dogs, but I can't deny it started to scare me. We've always expected and demanded Indie to be a well-behaved member of both human and dog society, and he does his best to live up to that. We will continue to hold him to these standards and think we'll be a-ok.
  9. Very helpful everyone - thanks! I feel better about the upcoming period. Other dog owners made it sound like NO dog would ever like him again and I should expect male dogs to attack him anytime we went to the park, but glad to know this isn't the case. Like I said, he really enjoy other dogs right now and I would hate for him to dog to suddenly have no friends - is that a ridiculous concern? I do not intend on neutering him until at least 18 months but will keep keep intact for as long as life with him is manageable. I would like for him to fill out as much as possible.
  10. I've been reading up a lot on adolescence and am largely prepared for the age related behaviour that can occur. I am most concerned with how other dogs will treat him while he's intact, as you've mentioned. He's such a social butterfly, and I don't want his "wings squished" so to speak if a dog doesn't like him while he's intact haha, or confused as to why dogs suddenly don't want to play with him like they used to. I figured things wouldn't start changing for a few months but just been thinking about recently as he's really starting to be less of my little puppy and looking more like an adult every day
  11. Indie is 6.5 months now - time flies - and we're bracing ourselves for adolescence. He's still a gem and compliant with our rules/commands, has yet to really blow us off or test his bounds. He's very sweet with other dogs and submissive without being the least bit shy/nervous. We've been doing classes with him since day one (now in very beginner agility) and think it's been the most helpful in developing and maintaining his focus. Now that he's past the "mark" of when some folks dive in to alter their dogs, we're being told all KINDS of things about having an intact male past 6 months old - ranging from their dog's own behaviour to how other dogs treat them. We will be waiting until 18 months, at least and perhaps never if he stays a good boy, but would love to hear your experiences as far as what to expect in the coming year from both Indie and other dogs. Thanks everyone!
  12. Then he is just a small Aussie, feel free to just call him an Australian Shepherd haha. There is no variation in size in the breed, two small purebred Aussies who produce other small Aussies are just regular old Aussies Your other sounds like a "mini" in the sense of a MAS - which you already said. This ^
  13. I feel like I can usually tell, but the parents do offer a lot of insight.
  14. I second this! I feel like in general female are more serious, smart as all else and just stellar, but they are more sporadic with their performance which I can see being frustrating/challening. Males I know tend to be more even in their performance, along with a more laid back attitude. I just like living with males so I got a male, agility and sports out of the way, this dog still has to be a part of my family .
  15. Not surprised by this list! I've seen some fast Aussies but when compared to a lighter boned BC, they just don't compare. Unless you find a nice working breed Aussie, then things can get more interesting
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